#Interview with Kate Zarrelli (Katherine Mezzacappa), author of The Casanova Papers
Today I’m very happy to share with you the answers to my questions given by Katherine Mezzacappa, who also writes under the pseudonym Kate Zarrelli. Read on to discover her answers, more about her and her book ‘The Casanova Papers’ and to enter the rafflecopter giveaway associated with this blog tour! Thank you so much for answering my questions, Katherine!
Where did you get the inspiration for the book?
I’ve always loved Venice. I spent some time there as a student (I studied History of Art) and I like it best out of season. There are no undiscovered corners of Venice, but there are quiet, atmospheric places there just the same. I’ve written fiction set in the eighteenth-century before, and am fascinated by the character of Casanova and the world he lived in. We think of him as ‘the lover’ but he was a poet, diplomat, gambler and librarian. I read his autobiography, which runs into several volumes. He met so many of the important people of his age: Benjamin Franklin, Catherine the Great of Russia, Voltaire… Yet he was rubbish at relationships, really. The only woman he ever really loved was probably his grandmother. It was all about the chase, the novelty. I wondered how a couple might be able to develop a relationship, but retain that sense of novelty whilst being true to each other – and that’s where the idea for The Casanova Papers came from.
What is your writing process?
It’s not chronological. I start with character outlines, and I have a very specific process for doing this; in effect I interview my protagonists. Then I see ‘scenes’, and these often derive from visual prompts. I write those scenes, and as I see my characters moving through them, the story takes shape and those scenes come together in a (I hope!) coherent flow.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I write on a computer, but when I am revising, I print out the file, annotate by hand and then update on screen.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
I think it might be Piero Contarini himself! This is the good thing about writing romantic/erotic fiction. I get the chance to fall for my heroes. I’ve been with my lovely husband for more than thirty years, and let’s just say this is the kind of adultery I’m allowed – the fictional kind. In fact, I think fiction authors ought to fall in love with the romantic lead. It’s a way to invest more in a book.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
I think I’d like to be Ellie Murphy. I can’t claim to have done half the things she gets up to, but oh, what fun it would have been!
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
Ellie just popped into my head as an attractive name. Her surname is Murphy as I wanted her to be of Irish descent (I’m Irish) with that classic dark hair, blue eyes and pale skin. Piero came the same way, but I chose Contarini because it’s an old Venetian name, a family that gave many doges to the city. I looked up palaces on the Grand Canal that had been theirs, and the Contarini-Fasan, otherwise known as the Ca’ Desdemona, is one of the loveliest buildings in Venice, so there I had one of my locations.
Here is more information about ‘The Casanova Papers’
Ellie Murphy takes a contract teaching English at a school in Venice. There she meets the sexy, enigmatic Professor Piero Contarini, from an ancient Venetian family, and agrees to help him in his work curating a new edition of the memoirs of the famous seducer, Giacomo Casanova. Taking their task seriously, they start to enact his adventures with each other, ecstatically revealing their own kinks as they do so. But who is watching them from the shadowy alleyways of Venice?
Kate Zarrelli is the romance and erotica pen-name of Katherine Mezzacappa.Kate is Irish but now lives in Carrara in Northern Tuscany, between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea, with her Italian husband and two teenage sons. She is the author of Tuscan Enchantment (eXtasy: Devine Destinies). Kate/Katherine writes historical, erotic, feel-good and paranormal fiction, set all over Europe, and in her spare time volunteers with a used book charity of which she is a founder member.
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